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Lovely Apple House on Kyoto's Historical East Side

The front of Apple House ( private gate and entrance )
5.0 of 5 bubbles
61 reviews
The front of Apple House ( private gate and entrance )
The approach to Apple House along a narrow lane.
Four people can comfortably sit and eat in the kitchen / dining area
The kitchen is well equipped and has both Japanese and western utensils
Tatami mat living area with low table / chairs, TV, DVD and CD players, Internet access, guides etc.
Modern toilet with heated seat!
Vanity unit ( with hairdryer ) and entrance to bathroom
Deep Japanese hot tub and shower. Wonderfully relaxing after a lot of temple-hopping!
Super comfortable futons in one of the bedrooms. Plenty of hanging and storage space for clothes etc
Two modern 6-gear bicycles come with the house. Most locals cycle - a great way to explore the city!
Bustling Shugakuin neighborhood with shops and local station
Take the local 'train' to Demachiyanagi ( 8 minutes, ¥200 ) convenient for the Imperial Palace
Majestic Mount Hiei ( 850m ). A thigh-burning 2-hour climb, or take a cable car
Sekisanzenin just up the road
Japanese maples on fire near Manshuin temple - this area is incredible at the end of November
Yellow cherry blossom!
Washing vegetables from Shugakuin Imperial Villa's fields
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki
When we opened Apple House in early 2009, we wanted to provide comfortable, reasonably-priced Japanese accommodation in this peaceful yet very convenient neighborhood of Kyoto City. Comments made by many of the guests who have stayed with us praise the cleanliness and comfort of the house, particularly the quality of sleep, and also the ease of getting around Kyoto on the city's excellent transport system.

Apple House is a detached, two-bedroomed house in a conservation area on Kyoto's famous east side. Tourist hotspots such as Gion and Kiyomizu Temple are easily reached by bus, train or bicycle ( we provide two modern ones with gears and baskets ), and also there are many enchanting shrines and temples within walking distance of your front door. Three good supermarkets, coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants and many other amenit...
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About the Owner, Hiroko J
Languages spoken: Japanese, English
Response Rate: 90 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 5 days ago
Listed since : May 2009
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 61 reviews and 1 property
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English first
Lismore, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago for a stay in January 2017

We spent 4 nights at Apple House after skiing and it was a lovely experience. If you are looking for a taste of being a Kyoto local, living in a real home in a very nice residential area, this is a good choice. The really stand out aspect of staying at Apple House is the level of service provided by Hiroko. Prompt emails in perfect English, excellent instructions and recommendations on travel arrangements, pick up...

Jin y
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 for a stay in September 2016

Apple House is exactly the authentic Japanese house on TV or movies!! It is located in the local neighborhood with great bus connections to all the tourists attractions. The house is very well kept and equipped. Hiroko went to extra miles to make sure we have a great experience! Will stay there again on our next visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

Cynthia B
Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

My boyfriend and I stayed in Apple House for almost a week in September and had the loveliest time. Hiroko is a wonderful helpful host- even providing a ride to and from the train station. It is extremely comfortable -we were surprised just how comfortable the futon mats were! I also loved the Japanese style bath for daily soaking after (and sometimes before!) traipsing around Kyoto sightseeing. Convenient to transit without being in a busy...

Stein B
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We loved Apple House. It is handy to shops and transport. The tram and No.5 bus access all of east Kyoto, and transfer to trains everywhere else. The house is small, and the steep stairs would not be good for a frail person. It was well equipped, clean, and embedded in a Kyoto suburb. Local shops had all that we needed. The experience was very Japanese. Recommended.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Internet Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • Washer
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
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- We only accept Japanese Yen: ¥9,000 / night low season, ¥12,000 / night high season ( for 2 people ).
- We offer discounts for stays longer than one week.
- We ask guests to pay for utilities used. These are charged at suppliers' rates and usually total a few hundred Yen per day.
- Payment is through Paypal using a credit card.
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